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Swimmer's itch (parasite)

Swimmer's itch is an infection of skin rashes and caused by certain parasites of birds and mammals. These parasites are released from infected snails and migrate through water, including those used for recreational swimming.


a) Mild skin irritation
b) Itchy red rashes.

Method of spread

a) Spread by contact with larval parasites in winter during swimming.
b) Spread by parasite larvae originate from infected water snails.

Incubation period

( The period between the initial infection and the appearance of symptoms.)
Itching begins almost immediately last for 2-5 days up to 2 weeks.

Communicable period

(The time during which an infectious agent may be transferred directly or indirectly.)
Not communicable from person-to-person. In chronic cases, eggs may be passed into water of bodies by human's urine or feces.